The take off was December 7, 1972 and the landing was December 19, 1972. They had three of the best astronauts in the United States and they were, Eugene Cernan, Ronald B. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmitt. Apollo 17 was televised from the launch at N.A.S.A. to the landing in the Pacific ocean. Apollo 17 was the last mission of its kind. For this last Apollo mission they wanted to land the rim of the moons rim. The purpose for the last mission was to mainly collect samples and investigate the moon and its surroundings. This was a j-class mission and they returned 243.6 lb of samples from the Moon. Apollo 17 was a 72-hour lunar stay time. Its return was one of the richest samples of lunar materials from any lunar site in history. It was an awesome and perfect midnight launch it was a flawless operation.


The mission plan was for the spacecraft to land in the Moon's Taurus-Littrow region near the rim of the Serenitatis Basin. The men stayed on the moon a total of 75 hours and in that time they conducted 3 extravehicular activities (EVAs) which totaled approximately 22 hours on the lunar surface.Many questions about lunar science were answered during the 3 intense activities, but many more remain
to be answered. Some of the unanswered questions will be answered in the future from data already returned but as yet not fully analyzed. They are still studying the samples that were brought back from the moon in 1972. There are numerous individual investigations of surface and spatial features that have been performed based on the Apollo 17 crew orbital observations and panoramic and metric camera photographs. The investigations have ranged from studies of the structure of individual craters to studies of the sequences of mare stratigraphy and mare ridges to studies of the solar corona and zodiacal light. Apollo 17 was the last lunar landing of the Apollo Space program, all of the high-priority candidate landing sites were given consideration again. However, many of the sites were eliminated due to either scientific or operational reasons. A landing near the central peaks of Copernicus crater had been considered, but N.A.S.A. decided that it wasn't a main priority. " For the 75 hours they were on the moon Cernan and Schmitt conducted the longest and productive lunar exploration of the Apollo program. During 3 trips from their base they laid out all the surface experiments and drove the lunar rover 22 miles in all, ranging as far as 4.5 miles from Challenger , and captured more than 2,000 documentation photographs. "

"What we learned"

The total mission was only 12.6 days long but our country learned so much in a little amount of time. The sixth and last of the Apollo series was highly accomplished highly successful. We also brought back 243 pounds of samples off the moons surface. The exploratory trenches, ranged from 6 to 9.4 inches in depth, to "determine regolith particle size and small scale stratigraphy." Our astronauts learned that the quickest and easiest way to travel and get useful information was by the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Eugene Cerman still remains to be the last man to walk on the moon to this day. One of the main things John F. Kennady wanted to accomplish for Apollo 17 was to get as many photographs as possible. That is exactly what we did, along with other things such as, gather samples from the moons surface.

S-Band Transponder: The purpose of this experiment was to measure the the lunar gravitational field. This provided information about the lunar mass distribution and its relation with its surface features. This experiment including the other eight were being tracked and recorded down on earth at the base.